South Tyneside Swim Club consists of 5 main Competitive Squads and also Club Squads that cater for those swimmers who are learning and those who wish to continue to swim non-competitively.

If you are interested in joining South Tyneside Swimming Club please use our Contact Page to request more information.


Club Squads

Club Squads train at Hebburn Central pool and Jarrow School pool.  These sessions cater for a range of swimmers from initial swimming lessons, to those refining their technique in Pre-competition squads. 


Competition Squads

Squad training sessions take place at Hebburn Central pool, Jarrow School pool, Haven Point at South Shields and Boldon School pool.  We also use Boldon School sports hall and studios at Haven Point for Land Training.

Each year the swimming club also select members of each squad to compete in the Junior League.

South Tyneside Training Philosophy

South Tyneside Swimming Club complies with the British Swimming/ASA Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model for swimming. The training programme on both land and in the pool will be progressive as swimmers move through the squad system. This will encourage all swimmers to reach their own maximum individual potential as the training load increases. LTAD is about achieving optimal training, competition and recovery throughout an athlete’s career. If this approach is not adopted there is likely to be a plateau. The aerobic development of swimmers is paramount in achieving success, and must be done prior to maturation for the best effects to take place. Consistency of training is the best possible way to improve and progress without this it may result in the performance of some swimmers getting worse, and could lead to drop out. It is essential that each swimmer maximises there training time to be successful and achieve their potential. Maintaining a correct balance of training programme laid down by the coaches will lead to a consistent progressive improvement and swimmers more likely to achieve their set goals and aspirations.

Club Aims and Objectives

  • Develop swimmers to an elite level and achieve their full potential
  • Provide a balanced and progressive training programme in the pool and on land. This will be in line with the ASA and British Swimmers Long Term Athlete Development models.
  • Development of appropriate behaviour and responsibilities within a training and group environment.
  • Develop leadership and time management skills to produce a competent athlete able to balance school, swimming and social aspects of life.
  • Develop greater individual responsibility for swimming commitment and performance. 
  • Develop and improve aerobic conditioning.
  • Develop and improve basic speed.
  • Development of technical and mental skills to assist and improve performance. 
  • Develop technique of all four strokes.
  • Develop tactical and pacing skills for competitive racing.
  • Develop and instigate appropriate competition plan.


Entry to each squad will be based on the following in order of priority:-

1. Attendance: All swimmers must commit to attendance levels laid down for each of the four squads and be punctual on all occasions. All land-training sessions must be attended as well as Friday and Monday sessions when competing in weekend competition, unless the coach has granted permission.

2. Commitment: This will be identified in both training (80% attendance) and competition.  Swimmers of eligible age are required to swim at a minimum of 4 competitive galas per season.  All swimmers will only enter competition as agreed by the Coaches.

3. Attitude: Swimmers must show an excellent attitude towards training and competition, their squad teammates and coaching staff. Swimmers must wear full club uniform at all competitions and full Club Tracksuit at presentation of awards and for travel to and from competition.

4. Ability: All swimmers must show they have good all round technical ability in each squad as they progress and the ability to maintain squad training pace. 

Additional Qualification Criteria for P Squad

12yrs &under must achieve or be within 5% of an ND time*

13yrs &over must achieve or be within 3% of an ND time*

Circumstances for qualification:

  • A swimmer can move into P Squad automatically between November and January if an ND time* is achieved outright.
  • Movement into P Squad on the basis of 5% or 3% can only happen between September and November to give the swimmer enough time to achieve the actual qualification time*.
  • After the deadline for ND has passed (January) swimmers can move into P Squad on the basis of 5% or 3% of the N&D time for their age group in the following year.

The ND times used will be the ones available at the current time. If no new ND times are available in September, the old ones will be used until new ones are released.

* The age group a swimmer must qualify for is the age they will be on 31st of December in the same calendar year the ND's will take place. For example, a swimmer who is 13 in September 2018 will need to achieve 14-year-old qualifying times if they turn 14 between January 2019 and December 2019 (ND's take place in February).

Exit Criteria

• Consistently unable to maintain the training commitment and attendance levels.
• Showing no demonstrable progress toward achieving goals set by coaches.
• Not adhering to squad criteria and rules.
• Not adhering to the Club Code of Conduct.
• P Squad swimmers who do not maintain the relevant QT % by the deadline set by coach can be moved out of P Squad.




Information and news specific to each squad can be found by selecting a squad from the list on the right.


Squad News
  • Message from Dot

    Posted on Friday, July 03, 2020 in Club Squads

    Hi you gorgeous bunch of swimmers and parents out there, just checking in to see if you still all OK and looking after yourselves and each other. Click on more for full message.

  • Returning to the Pool - Club Survey

    Posted on Saturday, June 20, 2020 in Squads

    Swim England published their returning to pool advice earlier this week ahead of the Government giving the green light for a return to the water. The guidance is based on the latest scientific advice and Government guidelines and will be updated to reflect any changes announced in the future. We are working closely with South Tyneside Leisure Service and Public Health England (PHE) to put the necessary processes in place to ensure swimmers and coaches can return safely to the pool when leisure facilities reopen. To help us plan and prepare for the ‘new normal’ we have produced a short survey for you to complete.

  • Results of Team Workout 10 - Monday 20th April

    Posted on Monday, April 20, 2020 in Squads

    I guess a few didn’t like the look of that one 😆

  • Team Workout 10 - Monday 20th April

    Posted on Monday, April 20, 2020 in Squads

    Can’t believe we are up to 10! Hope everyone is still safe and well. As you can tell I have given up trying to keep kids and dogs in check while doing these so sorry for the chaos once again! Same as the last workout and I have kept the jump ropes in as an easier one. So 6 rounds in pyramid format. Shuttle runs are 3 metre distance again. Times in by 8.30pm please. Good luck.

  • Results of Team Workout 9 - Thursday 16th April

    Posted on Friday, April 17, 2020 in Squads

    Mixed bag of times today, I forget not everyone is my swimmer and knows how to read my sets! Some of you ended up doing it twice and now aren’t speaking to me 😆. Some are just fast and did speedy times, some were just plain confused, either way well done everyone!

  • Team Workout 9 - Thursday 16th April

    Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2020 in Squads

    New one this time, 6 rounds in pyramid format. As ever go as fast or as slow as you can but try and keep good form, especially on the plank shoulder taps. Times in by 8.30pm please.

  • Results of Team Workout 8 - Monday 13th April

    Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 in Squads

    Made it a real nice one to work off those Easter eggs!

  • Team Workout 8 - Monday 13th April

    Posted on Monday, April 13, 2020 in Squads

    Last one in this format, all exercises should be familiar this time. 9 rounds in total with 25 reps and a descending amount of shuttle runs. Once again never work with children or animals. The practice of the exercises went a lot better! Just remember on the Plank Get Ups 1 rep is up onto both hands. Don’t forget to have somewhere soft to do a tumble turn on the finisher! Times in by 8.30pm again please.

  • Results of Team Workout 7 - Thursday 9th April

    Posted on Thursday, April 09, 2020 in Squads

    Well done everyone.....There will be no more tuck jumps 😰

  • Team Workout 7 - Thursday 9th April

    Posted on Thursday, April 09, 2020 in Squads

    Morning everyone. Same again for this one, remember 3 SETS of the 3 rounds so think of it as 9 rounds then the finisher. Can everyone let me know with your times today whether you all want bank holiday Monday off or whether you have absolutely nothing better to do 🤪. Times in by 8.30pm again please. Hope everyone is keeping safe and well!

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